A brow lift can renew the upper portions of the face and provide a more youthful facial appearance. The procedure corrects descending of the brows and reduces the appearance of horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad or tired.
Who can benefit from a brow lift?
At our Little Rock practice, Dr. Branman typically performs this procedure on patients who are in the age range of 40 to 60 years. However, people of any age who have developed furrows or frown lines due to stress or muscle activity may be good candidates.
Common indications for a brow lift are as follows:
- Low, heavy brow
- Furrows above the nose
- Crow’s feet
- Horizontal forehead lines
The brow lift procedure can correct or reduce the appearance of these conditions and provide a more alert and refreshed look. If a patient displays a significant degree of skin hanging over the upper eyelids, Dr. Branman may also recommend eyelid surgery, but in some cases it isn’t necessary. In some cases, patients who believe they need upper-eyelid surgery find that a brow lift can better meet their needs.
A brow lift can also enhance the results a facelift in Little Rock by further lifting the upper face and reducing signs of aging.
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Your Brow Lift Consultation
During your consultation with Dr. Branman, you will discuss your goals for the surgery and be asked to share your medical history. The doctor will need to know about certain medical conditions that could cause problems during or after the procedure, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, blood-clotting problems, or a tendency to develop large scars. You should also disclose information about smoking habits, medications, drugs, and previous surgeries.
If you decide to proceed with a brow lift, Dr. Branman will explain the surgical technique, the anesthesia, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, the risks, and the costs involved.
What’s the difference between a brow lift and an eyelid lift?
Learn from Dr. Branman as he explains both brow lift and eyelid lift surgery on Good Morning Arkansas.
What is Brow Lift Surgery Like?
This procedure is performed in our office or an outpatient surgery center, under general anesthesia or IV sedation. Before the operation begins, your hair will be tied with rubber bands on either side of the incision line. Your head will not be shaved, but hair that is growing directly in front of the incision line may need to be trimmed.
During a brow lift, the muscles and tissues that cause furrowing or drooping of the brow are removed or remodeled to smooth the forehead, gently raise the eyebrows, and reduce frown lines. Working through the incision, the skin of the brow is carefully lifted so that the underlying tissue can be removed and the muscles of the forehead can be altered or released. The eyebrows may also be elevated and excess skin at the incision point will be trimmed away to help create a smoother, more youthful appearance.
The incisions are closed with stitches or clips. Your face and hair will be washed to prevent irritation and the rubber bands will be removed from your hair. Dr. Branman will then cover the incision with gauze padding and wrap the head in an elastic bandage.
Your Incision Options
Each patient has different needs and goals. Dr. Branman will use the surgical technique that will achieve the most natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing results. Whenever possible, he prefers to use the endoscopic techniques, which involves much smaller incisions and a faster recovery.
Endoscopic or Conventional Brow Lift
Dr. Branman may utilize either the conventional surgical method, in which the incision is hidden just behind the hairline, or he may use an endoscopic technique. Both techniques yield similar results. With the conventional technique, the incision follows a headphone-like pattern that begins at about ear level, travels across the top of the forehead and then down the other side of the head. The incision is made behind the hairline so that the scar won’t be visible.
In patients with a receding hairline, the incision may be placed just at the hairline, to avoid adding even more height to the forehead. In patients who are bald or losing hair, a mid-scalp incision that follows the natural pattern of the skull bones is sometimes recommended. Special planning is sometimes necessary for concealing the scar in male patients, whose hairstyles often don’t provide adequate incision coverage.
What is Recovery Like After a Brow Lift?
After surgery, patients may experience some numbness and temporary discomfort around the incision site, which can be controlled with prescription medication. As a preventive measure, those who are prone to headaches may receive additional local anesthesia during the surgery.
Dr. Branman may advise you to keep your head elevated for two or three days after surgery to minimize swelling. If bandages were used, they will be removed a day or two after surgery. Most stitches or clips will be removed within two weeks, sometimes in two stages. Although you should be up and about in a day or two, plan on taking it easy for at least the first week after surgery. You should be able to shower and shampoo your hair within two days, or as soon as the bandage is removed.
Patients report numbness and itchiness on the scalp, which can take a few months to subside. Hair around the incision site may thin out for some time, but normal growth will typically resume within a few weeks.
Most patients are back to work or school in a week to 10 days. Vigorous physical activity should limited for several weeks, including jogging, bending, heavy housework, sex, or any activity that increases your blood pressure. Prolonged exposure to heat or sun should be limited for several months.
Most of the visible signs of surgery should fade completely within about three weeks. Minor swelling and bruising can be concealed with special camouflage makeup. You may feel a bit tired and let down at first, but your energy level will increase as you begin to look and feel better.
Your Brow Lift Results
Most patients are pleased with the results of a brow lift, no matter which surgical method was used. Often, patients don’t realize how much their sagging forehead contributed to the signs of aging until they see how much younger and more rested they appear after the lift. Although a brow lift does not stop the clock, it can minimize the appearance of aging for years.Click to request your Consultation with Dr. Branman
Brow Lift Risks to Consider
Complications of brow lift surgery are rare and usually minor, but should be considered nonetheless. You can minimize the likelihood of complications by following preoperative and postoperative instructions from Dr. Branman. Some of the possible complications are as follows:
- Nerves that control eyebrow movement may be injured on one or both sides, resulting in a hindered ability to move the brow (surgery may be required).
- Broad scar formation can result in hair loss (surgery may be required).
- Temporary or permanent loss of sensation along or just beyond the incision line.
- Infection and bleeding